“How often I have felt my spirits rise when I have seen Canadian students travelling abroad, identifying themselves by wearing the Canadian Flag on their cars, bicycles, and packsacks. It showed their confidence in themselves and in their country. The maple leaf forever!”
Dr. George F. G. Stanley, 24 December 1994
This week, my middle school child reminded me that the Canadian flag is celebrating a milestone this year. It was at noon on 15 February 1965 that the red ensign was lowered on Parliament Hill in Ottawa and the new Canadian flag hoisted. Our fabulous flag turns 50 today!
Designed by Dr. George F. G. Stanley, Canada’s House of Commons approved the maple leaf flag on the 15 December 1964 and it was quickly followed by Queen Elizabeth’s approval on Christmas Eve. Dr. Stanley was born in 1907 in Calgary and after a distinguished academic career, retired in Sackville, New Brunswick where he had been working at Mount Allison University. Stanley served as New Brunswick’s Lieutenant Governor from 1982 until 1987. He and his wife were Life Members of the York Sunbury Historical Society and regularly attended society lectures and events at the museum.
To learn more about our flag, check out this YouTube video by Canada’s History.